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“Uncle” in America paid millions for Norwegian county road

Environment, Country RoadEnvironment, Country Road.Photo: Frank May / NTB Scanpix

Residents of Rissa in Sør-Trøndelag are celebrating that they have received 5.5 kilometers of road with new pavement in the county. Norwegian American Kristian P. Berg gave around around 2.5 million kroner for a road project.

On thursday night halfway along the county road 142 the finished project was unveiled with a ribbon cutting, champagne and cortege of American cars, according to newspaper Adresseavisen.

91-year-old Berg lives in Seattle in the US, but during a visit to his native village, he reacted to the poor road standards.

– I was like halfway cursed that the road was so bad. So I thought that if the public can not afford to pay, then I can help, says Berg. In addition to Berg the county and the municipality participated in the financing. Deputy mayor in Rissa, Liv Darell, thinks it would have gone 20 years before the municipality itself could have funded the road project.

– That a man from America comes here to donate such a sum is simply amazing, Darell said.
The only requirement for the money transfer of $ 300,000 US dillars was that Berg was to determine the name of the stretch of road. Thus it is called now Kristian P. Berg’s way.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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